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Melbourne Cup 2019: Who finished third?

Flemington racing (AAP Image/Hamish Blair)
5th November, 2019

The 2019 Melbourne Cup is over – how did your trifectas go?

It was one of the more thrilling Melbourne Cup finishes in recent memory, with a photo finish required to separate second, third and fourth.

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Ultimately, a post-race protest changed the result of the race. Prince of Arran originally finished third but was promoted to second after a steward-lodged protest against Master of Reality was upheld.

As such, the official third-place finisher is Il Paradiso.

Il Paradiso is a four-year-old chestnut horse trained by Aidan O’Brien and jockeyed by Wayne Lordan.

Winning Trifecta

First place: Vow and Declare
Second place: Prince of Arran
Third place: Il Paradiso

For trivia players, the third-place finishers over the last three years were Prince of Arran last year, Max Dynamite in 2017 and Hartnell in 2016.